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University of Derby: Art Therapy

Institution University of Derby View institution profile
Department Therapeutic Practice
Telephone 01332 591044
Study type Taught


  • The course is approved and accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council, and recognised by the British Association of Art Therapists.

  • Graduate with the eligibility to apply for professional registration as an art therapist or art psychotherapist with the Health and Care Professions Council, as long as you meet the HCPC’s requirements.

  • Become eligible to apply for full membership of the British Association of Art Therapists.

  • Gain first-hand, practical experience of clinical art therapy practice.

  • Develop your clinical reasoning and professional identity, and integrate your learning from all areas of the course through Independent Scholarship.

The course reinforces the centrality of the image and the role of the imagination in the practice of art therapy. It will give you experience of clinical art therapy practice under supervision, as well as experience of group work, studio practice and a critical understanding of current theoretical ideas.

During the course you’ll have a personal tutor who will monitor your overall progress. As well as the taught components of the course, you’ll also need to engage in personal therapy for a minimum of one hour a week throughout the training; this is a requirement for professional registration (please note that this is at your own cost). This will be individual therapy, where you will be required to work with an Art Psychotherapist.


University of Derby

At the University of Derby, our focus is on industry-relevant, expert teaching to help you prepare for a successful career.

We offer a range of postgraduate courses across a wide variety of subjects; many are accredited by industry bodies. You’ll work with an academic team that has years of industry experience and a passion for applied research. And you’ll be part of a diverse community of students, including many from countries around the world.

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